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Green Christmas

Each person in the U.S. makes about 4 pounds of garbage per day! And that number increases at Christmas when we eat and drink more and spend more money on cards and gifts! Here’s some tips on lowering your impact on the environment without missing out on any of the holiday cheer!

Green Gifts

  • Buy presents that will last – flimsy gifts that break after a week will end up in a landfill.
  • Give gifts that use rechargeable batteries.
  • Buy gifts that are made from recycled materials.
  • Wrap your gifts in recycled and recyclable wrapping paper or use newspaper – or nothing at all!
  • Gift cards make for environmentally friendly gifts.

 


Green Decor

  • Check to see if your city or town has a program that lets you recycle your tree after Christmas.
  • Or, buy a tree with roots that you can plant in your yard after Christmas.
  • A fake tree may or may not be a better alternative to a real, cut Christmas tree – check the label to make sure it’s not made with any chemicals or in poor labor conditions, and that it will actually last you for years and years.
  • Buy decorations that will last for years as well.
  • Make your own decorations for the tree out of scrap materials or even edible goodies!

 


Green Treats

  • Avoid buying food and drinks that are wrapped in excess packaging.
  • Buy bulk.
  • Get reusable cloth bags to take to the store with you.

 


Green Travel

  • If you’re traveling home (or away) for the holidays, organize a car pool if possible to reduce the number of cars on the road.

 


Green Cards

  • Send fewer Christmas cards out this year to reduce the amount of paper cards being made and to reduce the amount of transport required to get all those mailed cards to the right places.
  • Of course, we’re lucky to have the option of e-mailing cards out to save waste!
  • If you do like giving out paper cards, make sure the ones you buy are made of recycled material.
  • Make your own cards from recycled materials!
  • Save the nicer cards you get (and recycle the ugly ones, of course) to use for making your own cards next year!

Have Your Say

How are you eco-friendly during the holidays? Let us know!

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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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IlikeGUYS20
IlikeGUYS20 posted in Debating:
"Sophieex_" wrote: Hey guys! So, on many occasions, my mother has always told me this: "Let yourself grow up a little, this is probably just a phase". What does she mean exactly? Well, when I cane out to my parents that I was bisexual, my mother told me that it was probably just a phase, and that I might grow out of it. I've been thinking about my sexuality for a couple years - since I was eleven, to be exact. Sometimes I thought I was straight and other times I thought I was a lesbian. So from this, I just figured I was bi. I also told her I'd like to tell some close friends what I thought. She told me that this info may get leaked to many more people and that they're shun me. I told her that I won't tell this to anyone whom I don't trust, and that I don't care if people shun me for being who I am. People already make fun of me for being biracial (my father is white & my mother is black) so this'll be no different. I told two friends that I was bisexual. Luckily both girls said they'd support me no matter what. My father then came in and said that he didn't want me to come out lest I'd get so much attention that's it'd me a distraction. I understand me dad's point but not my mom's. I love my mother dearly and shall listen to her, but I still get super pissed when adults think that teens' coming out is invalid. What do you think? Tell me I'm the thread posts! :rainbow ❤ Thanks!! :) Have a wonderful day! ❤ @Sophieex_ I have the same problem! I am also bi! Only one of my closest friends know, I feel your pain!!! I created my account when I thought I was straight.
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ScoobysFriend
ScoobysFriend posted in Debating:
She is saying some people get curious, and she probably went through it also
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RavenClawRaina
and im not saying its a phase either
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